Just rewatched this Richard Donner movie starring Richard Pryor andJackie Gleason after 30 years on Netflix Streaming just now. In thisone, Pryor plays Jack Brown, an unemployed reporter whose house may beput up for sale unless he gets a job so he finds employment, initiallyas a maid, for Gleason's U.S. Bates before being reassigned as his son,Eric's (Scott Schwartz), "toy". I'll stop there and just say thatdespite the silly premise and some potentially stereotypicallyoffensive situations, I did laugh plenty again at many of Pryor'sshenanigans with Schwartz and Gleason still was good for some reactionshots especially when he says "woof". Also funny are Ned Beatty-whopreviously was in Pryor's Silver Streak but has scenes with him herefor the first time since co-star Gene Wilder had the lion's share oflines with him there-as toady Mr. Morehouse and Teresa Ganzel as Fancy,U.S.'s (or in her pronunciation-You Ass) wife. It does get reallycontrived near the end but still, The Toy was fun and somewhatinspirational to me still. With that out of the way, if you're familiarwith my reviews, you know that I always like to cite when productionshave something associated with my current hometown of Baton Rouge,Louisiana. Well, this movie was shot there and I always likerecognizing many of the city's landmarks like a brick structure Inoticed at the beginning as Pryor encounters a limousine with his firstmeeting with Fancy there or a scene inside Goudchaux's DepartmentStore-a building that still exists though the store is no more-with hisriding the Wonder Wheel or the Indian Mounds near LSU that Jack andEric walk on and, most awesome of all, two scenes of the StateCapital-one seen through the windows of U.S. Bates's office as he makesMorehouse take his pants off in front of Jack and Eric and the other asthe latter two are walking near the building's grounds. Also, a coupleof players are familiar to me: Linda McCann, who appears in a partyscene and at the end, was a teacher of a classmate of mine during mydays before high school. She plays Honey Russell. And Robert Earle, whoplayed a poker player at the beginning, was known to me as Bob Earle,president of WIBR-AM 1300, who did promotions for and introed manyold-time radio programs for the Top 40 station during the 1979-80season before it switched to country as I-13 during the latter part ofthe year. That station went off the air after Hurricane Gustav wentthrough the area on September 1, 2008. Oh, and one more thing, I alsolike to cite when someone from my birthtown of Chicago, Ill. isassociated with the production who in this case was screenwriter CarolSobieski who had also adapted Annie starring Albert Finney and CarolBurnett earlier in the year.
The Toy (1982) 720p YIFY Movie
The Toy (1982)
An underemployed reporter finds himself literally purchased as a toy for a rich spoiled brat.
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- Genre: Comedy |
- Quality: 720p
- Size: 1.23G
- Resolution: 1280x694 / 23.976 (23976/1000) FPSfps
- Language: English
- Run Time: 102
- IMDB Rating: 5.8/10
- MPR: PG
- Peers/Seeds: 2 / 0
The Synopsis for The Toy (1982) 720p
On one of his bratty son Eric's annual visits, the plutocrat U.S. Bates takes him to his department store and offers him anything in it as a gift. Eric chooses a black janitor who has made him laugh with his antics. At first the man suffers many indignities as Eric's "toy", but gradually teaches the lonely boy what it is like to have and to be a friend.
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Reviewed bytavmVote: 7/10/10
I was fan of Richard Pryor then and I'm a fan still. But for some reason, I was never really interested in "The Toy". I saw a quite a few of his movies that came out after "The Toy" but I never regretted missing this bomb. Wow, it's so bad. It's a dopey comedy ruined by Richard Donner's politics. Anyway, I watched it with my wife tonight. About half way through "The Toy", I couldn't take it anymore. I was just about to go on a rant when I turned my head and saw my wife's face. She was smiling... It was all down hill from there...She cried at the end...We're doomed.
Richard Pryor makes the most of the situation in this 1982 comedy which some viewers could continue to find distasteful. He's Jack Brown, a broke writer, supposedly working on a book, who's also been trying to get a job on a newspaper. Since work is awful hard to come boy, he takes a job as a "cleaning lady", and while goofing around in a toy store one night, he's spotted by Eric Bates (Scott Schwartz), a spoiled brat son of a pompous zillionaire (Jackie Gleason). Eric's under the impression that he can help himself to anything as long as he has the money, so Jack is hired as a plaything for the boy.
Based upon the French comedy "Le Jouet", it's understandable that one would wince at various indignities to which Pryor must be subjected. But he and his fellow comic talent Gleason are able to mine a fair amount of laughs from various scenes and lines. Pryor really is at his best when reacting to other characters, while Gleason is perfect as a man who lives with his own version of reality: because he has all the wealth and power, he can make others do whatever he wants them to. Young Schwartz is appealing as the kid who must learn the movies' blatantly stated "you don't buy friends, you EARN them" message.
The whole cast is great, though: Ned Beatty as sniveling flunky Morehouse, Wilfrid Hyde- White as Barkley the butler, sexy Teresa Ganzel as Gleasons' air headed trophy wife # 3, and Annazette Chase as Jacks' activist girlfriend.
While not always terribly funny, there are some good gags, such as Jack marching into supposedly piranha infested water and getting his clothes cut to ribbons. The evolving relationship between Jack and Eric really is the heart and soul of the movie, though. Gleasons' activities sort of get glossed over by the end, but we can see that he is also a father who does genuinely love his son and does want to make a connection with him.
If you're a fan of Pryor or Gleason, you'll likely have a good time with this.
Six out of 10.